Journey Beyond introduces new ‘Gold Premium’ product

New middle-ground rail product for Australia's 'The Ghan', and 'Great Southern'

Journey Beyond Rail's Gold Premium Cabin by day

Journey Beyond has introduced a new product dubbed ‘Gold Premium’, available to book from today [3 August 2023] on The Ghan and Great Southern for 2024.

In a press release, Journey Beyond said Gold Premium will be positioned between Gold and Platinum, but adding that its “more than a cabin – it’s a new style of travel”.

Journey Beyond has tasked global design firm Woods Bagot to deliver an interior design that incorporates a true sense of place, an important element across Journey Beyond’s experiences.

The Ghan

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Woods Bagot has had an association with the trains since 2019, when it executed an upgrade to the Platinum carriages across the train fleet. With Gold Premium, the design firm has crafted best-in-class accommodation, where the colour palette draws inspiration from the rich colours of Arrernte painter Albert Namatjira’s stunning landscapes. Walnut timber and polished brass detailing, along with Indigenous prints on the upholstery that draw the connection to the Australian outback provide the inspiration.

Within the Gold Premium Twin cabin, there’s high-quality linen, ready for the comfortable lounge seat to convert to a sleeper each evening; premium amenities within the en-suite bathroom; and other special surprises to delight guests throughout the journey.

Gold Premium, Twin Cabin - night configuration

There is also a Gold Premium Suite option. This cabin type comes with the same benefits as Gold Premium, but features a little more space to move around in. The cabin has a three-quarter-size double bed plus a fold-down upper berth and a lounge area.

Both Gold Premium cabin types include exclusive access to the Gold Premium Lounge – the social hub on board. The new-design lounge features luxe leather banquettes and swivel chairs, with mood lighting creating an elegant ambiance that references the romance inherent in train travel. It’s here that guests can sit and sip on a range of premium beverages.

Journey Beyond’s Gold Premium Dining is a contemporary carriage design that respects Art Deco. The hearty breakfasts, two-course regionally inspired lunches and four-course dinners served here feature the finest ingredients from local suppliers, farmers and providores. The accompanying wine list includes a selection of premium wines and beverages.

Gold Premium Restaurant artist render - launching in 2024

Gold Premium highlights include:

  • A newly designed, contemporary cabin that converts from a lounge by day into sleeping berths at night
  • Exclusive access to the Gold Premium Lounge and Gold Premium Dining
  • Two-course, regionally inspired lunches and four-course dinners
  • All-inclusive premium Australian wines, beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Premium amenities, luxuriously soft linen, silk eye masks
  • All-inclusive Off Train Experiences and preferences on tour selections
  • 75kg checked luggage allowance per guest (3 x 25 kg each)
  • Priority luggage check-in on departure

Gold Premium is available on The Ghan and Great Southern rail-only journeys, as well as a number of Journey Beyond’s most popular packages, such as Red Centre Spectacular and The Ultimate Territory Tour, which include small-group touring with Outback Spirit.

Prices start from $3,495* pp for Gold Premium and $4,875* pp for Gold Premium Suite.

According to Journey Beyond’s website, the first departure (currently showing availability) featuring Gold Premium is The Ghan’s Adelaide to Darwin service departing 31 March 2024.

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